On December 13, we'll be joining Oceana and the Humane Society in Ocean City, Maryland to host a community meeting on the importance of shark preservation - and how you can help us save them!
Actress January Jones is just one of the many who have spoken out in favor of protecting sharks! Photo via Oceana
Sharks have inhabited this planet for more than 400 million years, historically known as fierce apex predators, this species is now incredibly vulnerable to exploitation. Every year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins. In most cases their fins are cut off at sea while the shark is still alive, and then thrown back into the ocean. Without their fins, sharks cannot swim and quickly die.
Our research team tags sharks off the coast of Ocean City every year to gather data on migration and abundance!
National Aquarium, along with our partners at Humane Society, Oceana, and the National Wildlife Federation, has been a leading supporter of legislation in the state of Maryland to hinder the market for shark fins by prohibiting their possession and sale. Similar to making the trade of elephant ivory illegal, such legislation would ensure that shark finning and unsustainable fishing practices are not tolerated.
Help us join an international campaign to protect these amazing animals:
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
10003 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842